The Premier and Minister for Planning announced the release of Plan Melbourne and creation of the new Victorian Planning Authority (MPA) in October 2013. This was followed by a further announcement that the Growth Areas Authority would undertake the role of the new MPA and operate under that name. The Minister for Planning may now direct the MPA to work with councils and other organisations to conduct planning activities for any location in Victoria, generally as set out in Plan Melbourne. A key priority set out in this business plan is for the MPA to engage with councils, government agencies and the industry to establish working relationships and identify priority projects. The change from the GAA to the MPA represents a significant broadening of the Authority’s role and activities.
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